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Old 12-11-2010, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are there any snowboard jackets that you would highly recommend for < $200? Thanks!
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just took a look at snowboarding jackets on The House Burton Snowboards, Snowboard Boots, Bindings, Jackets, Pants, Clothing, K2, Ride, DC, Holden, Bonfire and it looks like I should probably expect to pay closer to $300 for a good snowboarding jacket.

It looks like some of the Burton AK models sometimes go on sale for < $300. Do you have any experience with this model line?
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I paid $50 for my jacket (was on clearance). If you're buying a new jacket, buy a last year's model and don't pay more than $100.

The only thing you need out of a snowboard jacket is:
1. Waterproof rating (I like 15k or 20k)
2. Fully taped seams/zippers (keep water out)
3. Powder skirt (keep snow out)
4. Wrist gaiters (keep snow out!)
5. Some kind of lift pass holder (like a pocket or a tether)

Some people do without #4, but you'll be in good shape if your jacket meets the criteria above. You should definitely be able to find something around $100 that does all that.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with buying one from last year on clearance. You will save at least 50%. IMO the only thing you really need to concern yourself with is the waterproof/breath ability number, don't get less than 10 000 and get as high a number as you can afford.
Hopefully you are not more concerned with color than performance.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I paid $60 for my Special Blend jacket on clearence. 15k and it has treated me well. You shouldn't have too much trouble finding some Burton AK or other goretex stuff for under $200 if you don't get too picky about colors. Like this. Burton [ak] 2L Cyclic Mens Shell Snowboard Jacket 2010
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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32 Cappa is what i have and i love it.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, it depends on what you're looking for? Picking up a shell (which other members are assuming) or more than a shell? If you want a shell, I agree with the others [Get 10k/10k at least].

-If you are looking for something more than a shell, check out your local sporting good stores and look for deals, as retailers are looking to sell to make room for new models.
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Dano View Post
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or for some good deals. Its pretty late in the season to be getting last years gear, but check it out anyway you might be able to find a 32/Nomis/Burton/686 jacket for ~$150 with some research.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I ended up buying a Burton AK 2L for $277 including free 2-day shipping from Altrec.

I think this price is a lot cheaper than other sites and all reviewers gave this jacket 5 stars.

I gotta have a jacket for the end of the month in Aspen and this seemed like a pretty reasonable option.
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